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Matchday 9 Preview – Kerry FC v Longford Town

Matchday 9 Preview – Kerry FC v Longford Town

Matchday 9 Preview – Kerry FC v Longford Town

Kerry FC reach the quarter mark of the season when we take on Longford Town tomorrow evening in Mounthawk Park. With each team playing each other on 4 occasions throughout the season, Matchday 9 marks the 25% mark of league completion.

Kerry come into tomorrow night’s game in a very impressive run of form. 6 games unbeaten in all competitions, with 5 straight draws in the league over the last 5 match days. A 1-1 draw against the relegated UCD AFC on Monday last was possibly the most impressive of them all, fighting back from a 1-0 deficit at halftime, the kingdom came out with a new lease of life in the second half to eke out an impressive point in Belfield. It could have been all 3 but a 92nd-minute goal by Ryan Kelliher was ruled out for offside. But 5 draws in a row for this side really puts Kerry in unchartered waters as fans wait with optimism for the opening win of the 2024 SSE Airtricity Men’s First Division.

Longford Town on the other hand come into the game in somewhat mixed form. Three defeats against UCD, Cork City and Finn Harps mean the Midlander’s have lost all 3 home games so far this campaign. Longford’s 3 league points have come from draws on the road against local rivals Athlone, Bray Wanderers and Cobh Ramblers. Although they have picked up points in their 3 away games to date, Longford have lost the lead in all 3 games and even squandered a 0-3 halftime lead in Lissywollen. Longford sit bottom of the league on 3 points with the same goal difference as Kerry having played 2 games less at this stage due to waterlogged pitches.

So this has the makings of a classic in Mounthawk Park as both teams go in search of their first 3 points in 2024.


Matchday 9

Kerry FC v Longford Town – Friday, April 5th – Mounthawk Park – 19:45 Kick Off

Previous Meetings

Kerry FC wins 0 | Draws 1 | Longford Town wins 3

Did you know?

Kerry FC are on a club record run of 6 games unbeaten since the Munster Senior Cup semi-final victory over Treaty United on March 1st. This includes 5 straight draws in the SSE Airtricity Men’s First Division. The current record for consecutive draws in the league is held by Dundalk who recorded 10 straight draws in the 2001 season.

Injury Update

Kerry FC have a fresh bill of health following a busy Easter bank holiday weekend with two matches in 4 days. Valerii Dolia remains out long term. Nathan Gleeson is also unavailable due to an infection. Jack Kavanagh is still being assessed and monitored and a decision on his inclusion will be made before the game. Samuel Aladesanusi, Ronan Teahan and Daire McCarthy all made it back and played minutes against UCD last time out.

‘What They Said’

Conor McCarthy – Ya look I don’t think Longford started the season the way they would have liked but I’m sure they are looking at this fixture and thinking it is a way to kick-start their season as well. I’m sure it will be a tough game, so we will have to be at 100% and if we can do that hopefully we can turn a draw into a win on Friday night.